U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 14, 2023, as action in the chamber on spending bills got sidetracked ahead of a Sept. 30 deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown.

With two weeks until the money runs out, Congress grinds to halt on spending bills

BY: - September 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — Amid rising tensions and an approaching hard deadline, the U.S. House and Senate ended their work week on Thursday without a deal to fund the federal government past the end of the month. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who has been struggling to build consensus among the members of his Republican Conference, pledged that […]

Oregon Sen. James Manning running for secretary of state, promises to restore integrity

BY: - September 13, 2023

EUGENE– Pledging to restore faith in the office that oversees Oregon elections, state Sen. James Manning launched his campaign for secretary of state Wednesday on the steps of a house that serves as a landmark of Black history. The Democratic Senate president pro tempore was flanked by supporters, including past and current Eugene city councilors […]

Top Oregon budget writer Sen. Elizabeth Steiner running for treasurer

BY: - September 13, 2023

After five years as one of the state’s lead budget writers, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner wants to manage Oregon’s finances.  Steiner, a Democrat and physician from Portland, announced her campaign for state treasurer on Wednesday, a day before candidates can begin filing for 2024 races. One other Democrat, Beaverton nonprofit president Brett Baker, is also raising […]

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-New York, speaks during a news conference following a closed-door lunch meeting with Senate Democrats at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 6, 2023 in Washington, D.C. At left is U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Washington Democrat and chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Battles over spending, farm bill, Ukraine and yet more loom over a divided Congress

BY: , , and - September 13, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House and Senate are both back in D.C. following a long summer recess, facing an overwhelming agenda of unfinished work — funding the federal government and reauthorizing major programs set to expire at the end of the month. Congressional leaders and President Joe Biden have only a few weeks to broker […]

Oregon state Justice Department in Salem

Oregon sues Fox News over false election claims, retirement fund losses

BY: - September 12, 2023

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is suing Fox Corporation, alleging that false claims about the 2020 election broadcast on Fox News caused losses to the state’s employee retirement funds.  Rosenblum and Treasurer Tobias Read, who oversees state investment accounts, began investigating Fox and preparing for a lawsuit in June. Their suit, filed Tuesday in the […]

Bentz supports Biden impeachment inquiry, Chavez-DeRemer distances herself

BY: - September 12, 2023

One of Oregon’s Republican congressional representatives supports an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden and sits on one of the committees investigating him, while the other is keeping her distance. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-California, announced Tuesday that he directed three House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into Biden and allegations that he […]

U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy at a press conference on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, in the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. House Speaker McCarthy tells committees to launch Biden impeachment probe 

BY: - September 12, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday announced that he has directed several House committees to open a formal impeachment inquiry into unproven GOP allegations that President Joe Biden profited from his son’s business dealings when he was vice president in the Obama administration. “These allegations paint a picture, a picture of corruption,” […]

Oregon Right to Life sues state over birth control, abortion insurance mandate

BY: - September 6, 2023

A leading anti-abortion advocacy group is suing state insurance regulators in a case that could hobble a landmark Oregon law requiring insurance companies to cover abortion and contraceptives. The Reproductive Health Equity Act, passed in 2017, requires every private insurer in the state to cover reproductive health services, including contraceptives, at no cost to patients. […]

Along a highway just south of Fox, Oregon, ranch owners post their support for the movement to join Idaho.

An Eastern Oregon effort to join Idaho reflects the growing American divide

BY: - September 6, 2023

ENTERPRISE — This small ranching town, surrounded by towering tree-topped mountains and a valley of rolling grass fields, sits tucked into the northeast corner of the state — both out of the way and right in the middle of a contentious debate. At a meeting late last month, 25 people packed into a stuffy conference […]

Bend councilor Anthony Broadman running for Oregon Senate seat held by GOP Leader Tim Knopp

BY: - September 5, 2023

Bend City Councilor Anthony Broadman is running for state Senate in what will likely be one of the most-watched races in Oregon. 

Trump pleads not guilty, waives arraignment in Georgia 2020 election interference case

BY: - August 31, 2023

Former President Donald Trump entered a not guilty plea on Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court on 13 felony counts that charge him with racketeering for attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. In the court filing on Thursday, Trump also voluntarily waived his right to an arraignment hearing scheduled for Wednesday in which a […]

Cash handed over

Oregon economic forecast: Median taxpayer will receive $1,000 from record $5.6 billion kicker

BY: - August 30, 2023

The median Oregon taxpayer will receive close to $1,000 back on their taxes next year thanks to state tax revenue continuing to surpass expectations, state economists told lawmakers Wednesday. Oregon’s latest quarterly economic forecast, released Wednesday, tells a familiar story: Tax collections and wages are higher than before the COVID pandemic and inflation remains high, […]